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Cities and Nationalism Symposium 2.0: Comparing Conflict Across Geopolitical Faultlines

Dnipro, Ukraine, 1st - 4th July 2020

Dear participants,

we are very sorry to inform you that we have decided to postpone the Cities & Nationalism Symposium and fieldtrip 2.0 – Comparing Conflicts Across Geopolitical Faultlines event that was supposed to be held 1-4 July 2020. Just as we sent off the acceptance letters, the corona virus crisis escalated dramatically. We were initially coldly counting on the crisis being over by, say, April-May, but at this point this is far from certain. As events have now been cancelled all over the world (most notably the AAG meeting in Denver, but also the RC21 meeting in Antwerp that was going to be held right after our event in Ukraine), flights cancelled, people quarantined or worse, etc., the prospects of being able to continue planning the C & N event evaporated. As if that weren't enough, Ukraine's borders are now closed and the entire country is under quarantine.
We are very sorry about this, and hope for your understanding. We have never experienced anything even close to this before.
But of course we are not giving up. Our goal is to conduct the symposium during the first half of October. We do not dare being more specific than so given the current circumstances, but we will get back to you as soon as we feel that we are in the position to start planning the event once more.
Needless to say, your accepted abstracts remain accepted, and we very much hope that you will be able to join us this fall.


The Cities & Nationalism Symposium 2.0 – Comparing Conflicts Across Geopolitical Faultlines provides a platform to bring together researchers working at the forefront of urban studies, urban and political geography, architecture and planning to allow for a continued comparative exploration across regional contexts.

Call for papers

Having as a starting point the complexity of factors that continue shaping geopolitical faultline cities in Ukraine, we seek to understand the impact of nationalism, populism, supra- and sub-national (regional, local) identities, and the respective challenges these pose on cities globally.

The symposium will address the rising tension between urban and national logics of space, that is between ‘thinking space like a city’ and ‘thinking space like a nation’. Given the recent global resurgence of ethnic and territorial nationalism – in the case of Ukraine, geopoliticised separatism – we are inviting papers which explore the tensions between national and urban regimes, with particular reference to the plight of minorities and rising frictions between multiple and often contrasting, or contradictory, identity narratives and the formation of municipal foreign policies.

The proposed overarching topic aims to map and understand uncertainties and instabilities which shape contemporary urban conflicts more widely, through a wide range of conceptual lenses initiated at the Cities against Nationalism? Symposium held at the University of Kent, June 2019.

We invite papers that discuss and address (although are not limited to) any of the above topics.

Prospective participants should contact Dr  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 20th February 2020 to indicate their interest in taking part in the conference. Please include your affiliation, a proposed title and a 250-300 word abstract.

Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs alongside a subsidised conference registration fee of 50€: the fee includes a fieldtrip, tentatively to Mariupol (the political instability in Mariupol may require last-minute changes). In addition, there are also a limited amount of student bursaries to cover conference registration fees available.

Plenary and parallel sessions plus keynote talks will take place 1 – 2 July 2020: the fieldtrip is scheduled 3 – 4 July. 

Confirmed keynote speakers

The event is hosted by the Department of Sociology at the V.I. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, in collaboration with the University of Oslo and the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS). Funding is provided by the Norwegian Research Council NORRUSS programme entitled Ukrainian Geopolitical Fault-line Cities: Urban identity, geopolitics and urban policy and KISS.

For any further questions please contact:

  • Dr  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , University of Kent
  • Professor  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , University of Oslo
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